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Submitted by Yosi Sadeh

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Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 8/24/2016 3:57 PM
Family Surname: Mazes
Town: Wien
Date of Image: October 1917
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I have got this photo from my mother, Lipciya Mazes, may she rest in peace. She lived in Nadworna / Poland. Her father, Samuel Mazes, served in the Austro-Hungarian army. He appears on this photo and his name "Samuel" is written.
This is the translation from German of the text on the back of the picture:
Text in ink on the right:
1. Jakob Zweifler is the son of the late grandfather (Seide - Perhaps it's a name).
2. and 3. : My brothers-in-law.
Arrow: Samuel
Faint text at the bottom: Picture taken in Vienna in October 1917.
The address on the side in pencil: 2945 west 8th street, Coney Island.
Anyone knows who is Jakob Zweifler?
How is Coney Island related to this picture?
What can we learn from the uniforms of the soldiers?

Thanks for any help
Yosi Sadeh

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8/21/2016 7:26 PM Yosi,

This I believe is the Jacob Zweifer you are looking for - from the Nadworna Society plots in the Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island, NY

JACK ZWEIFLER Yakov ben Yitzchak Yehuda Oct. 21, 1966, age 77 husband of Bertha, beloved husband, father, brother

I believe that the picture is from Steeplechase Park in Coney Island which was on the boardwalk in some kind of photo arcade.

Steven Turner
8/21/2016 9:27 PM There's quite a bit of information on Ancestry about the Jacob Zweifler who Steve described -- including several family trees and his naturalization record. His parents were Isaac Yehuda ZWEIFLER and Chana BOCHNER; wife was Bertha SOKUL. He lived in Vienna before coming to the US in 1922.
8/21/2016 10:19 PM 2945-2949 West 8th Street was the address of the 60th Precinct station house in 1923. (The 60th Precinct is now at 2951 W 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11224.)

You can see a 1923 photograph of this building at

I do not know why the postcard would have the address of a police station.

Maybe someone needed to go to the police station and someone wrote down the address on this photograph so the person could find it. Or maybe the police station there hadn't been built yet in 1917.
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